How easily can your phone calls and text messages be intercepted by hackers? And what is the FCC doing about it?
Legislators recently encouraged the FCC to investigate vulnerabilities in the SS7 protocol for wireless communications. What is SS7, and what are the issues with it?
Signaling System 7, or SS7, connects your calls from one cell tower to another as you travel.
Your phone number is all the hackers need to record conversations and messages between you and a business partner or a legislator. If you use your phone's map to help you reach your destination, the hackers can track your movements from one place to another. Phone numbers are available on social media or can be collected through airwaves via radio antennas.
There are no rules mandating that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) address flaws in wireless communication systems.